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Season ends for Mercer Island lacrosse
After opening tournament competition with a convincing win over Seattle Prep, Mercer Island boys lacrosse saw its season come to an end in the quarterfinal round of the state tournament, falling to Eastside Catholic 19-11 Thursday, May 22, at Eastside Catholic High School. For a team that reached the state title game last year, it was an early exit, even against an undefeated Eastside Catholic squad.
“It’s a much earlier exit than we had hoped for, but it was the toughest quarterfinal game we’ve had to play,” said coach Ian O’Hearn.
Trailing 2-0 in the game’s opening minutes, Mercer Island managed to take a 4-3 lead by the end of the first period. But in the second, the Crusaders’ Colin MacIlvennie scored two quick goals to reclaim the lead, as Eastside Catholic outscored Mercer Island 6-1 in the quarter to begin pulling away.
MacIlvennie led the Crusaders with six goals and an assist. For Mercer Island, Peter Mahony had three goals and two assists while Evan Condon had three goals and an assist and Chase York scored twice.
After the game, Mercer Island’s head coach praised his team, admitting that while some things could’ve gone differently, specifically a three-way tie for its division’s top spot giving Mercer Island a tougher draw in the tournament, hindsight is always 20/20.
“I told the kids to keep their heads up and that I felt they were the best, and I mean this, the best high school team in state this year,” he said.
The Islanders will graduate 13 seniors, including captains Devlin Conway, Charlie Reinertson, Benji Rothenberg and Chase York. Despite an early tournament exit, O’Hearn said his seniors all contributed to a great season.
“In the big picture we went 19-3, we won two out of three games on the East Coast, we beat Issaquah, we had a great year. But what we’re used to accomplishing, we’re used to finishing in the final and getting knocked out is definitely frustrating. But we know what kind of program we are and how we build our team, and we feel good about that as compared to other methods.”